Trial case highlights errant cyclists, victim seen riding recklessly
Issue raised in court as victim in fatal car collision was seen riding recklessly
A motorist whose car collided with a cyclist at a traffic junction and killed him was fined $1,000 and disqualified from driving for four months in a district court last week.
But while Yap Thien Leong, 40, had pleaded guilty to the less serious charge of driving without due care, the case drew notice to the habit of errant cyclists riding on pavements and pedestrian crossings at traffic junctions, and posing grave risk to life and limb.
Yap had failed to keep a proper lookout when he knocked down Mr S. Muneeshwaran at a traffic junction along Pasir Ris Drive 2 on Dec 17 last year.
Mr Muneeshwaran, 24, who was cycling across the pedestrian crossing despite the green light in Yap's favour, suffered severe internal injuries. The Indian national was taken to Changi General Hospital where he died the next day.